Road Trip Essentials (when you’ve got the kids in tow)

This post contains affiliate links. For our family, summers mean some serious time on the road. Whether it’s 2-3 hour trips to visit family and friends or a 10+ hour road trip to get the beach, our minivan racks up the miles in June through August. And I’ll be honest, our van’s DVD player gets a workout on these trips. … Read More

DIY Kinetic Sand: Does it work?

kinetic sand

This post contains affiliate links. We’ve all seen that BabyFirstTV video. The one where they throw together some sand, corn starch, dish soap and water and they have high quality kinetic sand that looks oddly similar to the stuff sold in stores. Take a look through the comment section of that video and you’ll find a number of people who claim … Read More

How to start the day with an attitude of gratitude

attitude of gratitude

There are all sorts of concepts and skills that we, as parents, are supposed to teach our children. But do you know the one thing we won’t ever have to teach them? How to be selfish. That’s one of my pastor’s favorite lines. And it’s true. I never sat Turtle and Buddy down and said “okay, kids, this is what … Read More

DIY Abacus: a math activity for kids

I am not the craftiest person on the planet. But when I take time to make something myself, I want it to be useful. This holds true with the activities that I do with my kids, as well. My preschooler, Buddy, loves to count everything. And Turtle, the 2 year old, does her best. With 2 kids who seem to have … Read More

Why you should stop telling my kid to be careful

stop telling my kids to be careful

It’s a hard thing to tell a well-meaning adult to stop telling your kids to be careful. Especially when they’re a close friend or family member. But seriously, unless someone is in real danger, stop telling my kids to be careful. Let them play! I’ll admit that Turtle and Buddy play hard. They like to run, climb, slide, jump, hang … Read More

5 tips to get your kids to read more

This may come as a surprise to you but not everyone loves to read. I know, I know, it’s quite the bomb to drop. Take a moment to compose yourself. I was a reader from the start. My favorite thing in the world was to read out loud to an audience of stuffed animals. While my bears enjoyed my theatrical readings, … Read More

Sleep: the magic phrase that keeps my kids in their beds

Turtle turned 2 a few months ago. She’s still in a crib but we’ve been having issues getting her to sleep through the night recently. I know it’s normal. But that doesn’t make it any less exhausting. Picture this: a 2 year old who’s been a really great sleeper since she was about 14 months old suddenly stops sleeping through … Read More

For the train lovers: DIY funicular train

DIY funicular train

This post contains affiliate links.  Planes, trains and automobiles. It’s more than just a great movie and your average, everyday modes of transportation. For Buddy, it was life for a very long time. While his obsession with vehicles has calmed down, he’s still a big fan of anything with a motor. And when he got strep, we spent 2 solid days … Read More

Making Dinner: my thoughts on Blue Apron

This post is not sponsored. I thought you might want to know what I thought about feeding my children, cooking and grocery shopping. Dinner. It has to happen every night (or so I’m told). via GIPHY As much as I would love to have dinner delivered or to go out every night, we just can’t afford that. Plus, we have a … Read More

10 Indoor Activities for your Preschooler

indoor activities

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. But one thing I could do without is winter. I’m not a fan of cold weather. Mostly because my kids’ energy levels don’t change with the seasons. This time of year calls for indoor activities that you can do with the family. And since my energy level does change by the season (I think … Read More